Here in Texas, if you were to say you were gonna smoke Mullet, people would give you a crazy look and declare it to be bait fish and not worth eating!! Haha, jokes on them, this was fantastic, I smoked it using Pecan wood and let it smoke nice and slow. I used 3/4 cup salt and it came out nicely. great recipe, give it a try.
Disposable turkey roasting pans from the supermarket are great for brining the fish. If you can't find mullet in your area, try mackerel, bluefish, amberjack, or even salmon--lower the smoking time for fillets rather than split fish.
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- 5 pounds split mullet
- 1 gal. water
- 3/4 to 1 cup kosher salt
- 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon onion powder
- 5 bay leaves, crushed
- Hickory wood chips
- Garnish: fresh parsley
- Saltines (optional)
- Hot sauce (optional)
- Lemon wedges (optional)
- 1. Rinse fish.
- 2. Combine 1 gal. water and next 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring until salt dissolves. Add mullet; cover and chill 45 minutes to 2 hours or to desired degree of saltiness. (Cut off a small piece of fish, and fry it to determine degree of saltiness by tasting. Longer soak times yield saltier fish.)
- 3. Rinse fish, discarding brine mixture; pat fish dry with paper towels. Place fish on wire racks in roasting pans; cover with paper towels, and chill 2 to 3 hours or until dry. Rub 1 tsp. pepper on both sides of each fish.
- 4. Soak wood chips in water at least 30 minutes.
- 5. Prepare charcoal fire in smoker; let burn 15 to 20 minutes.
- 6. Drain chips, and place on coals. Place water pan in smoker; add water to depth of fill line.
- 7. Place fish on upper and lower food racks; cover with smoker lid. (If smoking fillets, place skin sides down on racks.)
- 8. Cook 2 hours or just until fish flakes easily with a fork. Garnish, if desired. Serve with saltines, hot sauce, and lemon wedges, if desired.
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